Burke Trend, Baron Trend

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Burke St John Trend, Baron Trend GCB CVO PC(2 January 1914 – 21 July 1987)[1] was a British civil servant and later Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford.

Trend was educated at Whitgift School and Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained first class honours in classics. He then joined the Civil Service, spending most of his career in the Treasury. He became Cabinet Secretary under both Harold Wilson and Ted Heath between 1963 to 1973.

Trend was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 1953 Birthday Honours.[2] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1955 New Year Honours,[3] promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in the 1962 Birthday Honours[4] and a Knight Grand Cross in the 1968 New Year Honours.[5] On 7 March 1974 he was created a life peer as Baron Trend, of Greenwich in Greater London.[6]

He led an investigation in the 1970s into allegations of penetration of the British Secret Services from before World War II until the 1960s. His conclusion was that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Peter Wright in his memoirs, Spycatcher, discusses Trend and his report.[7]

A son, Michael Trend, was a Member of Parliament(Conservative) in the period 1992--2005. Another son, Dr. Patrick Trend, FRCP, has worked as a consultant neurologist. The eldest of the three children was Caroline Trend. Grandchildren are Alexander, Cassandra, Hector, and Tabitha.


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Norman Brook
Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir John Hunt
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter Fraser Oakeshott
Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Vivian H. H. Green